Low Carb Penne Pasta in Pesto-Cream Sauce

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins

This recipe uses the recently introduced low-carb pasta for a flavor-packed, yet healthy side dish that satisfies your pasta craving without breaking your low-carb diet! Note: The 'Zaar nutrition chart doesn't recognize "low-carb" pasta, so be sure to add the number of carb grams shown on your pasta box. For example, my brand contains 5 G. net carbs, so my corrected total is 7.5 G. net carbs in each serving.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions; drain. HINT - save 1/4 cup pasta water to add to pasta later if it needs more liquid.
  2. Stir all other ingredients into hot pasta, saving a little of the Parmesan to sprinkle on top. If the dish seems too dry, you can add a little of the reserved pasta water (the starch in that water helps to bind the sauce).
  3. A nice variation is to toss in about 20 grape tomatoes (split in half first) as you toss all the ingredients. They add wonderful color and flavor.
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Loved it as a good jumping off point but made some changes.<br/><br/>I cooked one pound of large shrimp in light butter and garlic. Added the basil pesto, a can of Italian style diced tomatoes, 1/2 cup of Parmesan and 1/2 cup of Romano cheese, a few shakes of Italian seasoning, a few dashes of Frank's red hot and used FF Half n half instead of the heavy cream. I cooked all of this together and simmer until thicken and added to the cooked penne. My husband quite nearly licked the plate clean. Will definitely be making this again. Will try with chicken next time.

CarolynB June 02, 2013

This was tasty but a bit bland for my tastes. BF & son enjoyed though. Thanks for sharing!

Ang11002 March 25, 2010

This was good. per my usual, instead of heavy cream I substituted fat-free half-and-half to save some calories and fat. I LOVED it. Thanks for sharing!

AndiJ78 February 22, 2009